SOCIAL HOUSING (1) – QUINTA MONROY (2003-2004) _ THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY SOCIAL HOUSING PROJECT

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DIY-ARCHITECTURE: HALF BUILT BY THE ARCHITECTS (LEFT), THE OTHER HALF ADDED BY THE INHABITANTS (RIGHT). HAILED AS THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY SOCIAL HOUSING PROJECT OF THE LAST DECADE, QUINTA MONROY IN IQUIQUE, CHILE, CONSISTS OF RESIDENCES FOR SQUATTERS WITH ONLY ONE HALF BUILT BY THE ARCHITECTS, ALSO BECAUSE OF THE EXTREMELY LOW BUDGET, 5,500 EURO, HELPING THE OWNERS TO CONSTRUCT THE SECOND HALF FOR EVEN A FRACTION, AND PERSONALISE THEIR HOMES.

IN OUR SERIES SOCIAL HOUSING (1) – CHILE

ALEJANDRO ARAVENA & ELEMENTAL: QUINTA MONROY (2003-2004)

In 2030, the world population living in cities will grow from 3 to 5 billion, with an estimated 2 billion trying to survive below the poverty line. Two criteria will be essential in the efforts to house them, says ELEMENTAL: SCALE and SPEED. The equation that the world needs to solve is: to build a 1 million-inhabitant city per week for the next 20 years…

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